Apologies to start with if this question is 'too soft' or not really research level. I'm a graduate student interested in both algebraic and differential geometry, although very much a novice with the former. I'm hoping that people on this forum can give me some interesting examples of problems active in research if there are any in the following vein, so that I might get a sense of what kinds of stuff is out there, as I begin searching for a thesis adviser.

The thing I'm interested in is using differential geometric methods to solve problems in algebraic geometry or vice-versa. A possible example of this can be found in Cartan's Method of Moving Frames, which works for smooth projective varieties, since projective space is homogeneous. Smooth projective varieties are then submanifolds of projective space, and so we can use this tool from differential geometry to study algebraic objects. In the text 'Cartan for Beginners,' some propositions are proven as special cases where positive results can be made of Hartshorne's conjecture on complete intersections using tools of this type.

Another example might be the study of the Gauss-map of an algebraic variety. I know of examples where the Gauss map's image can be relatively small, but I don't know why this is of interest or what kinds of problems you can work on in this way.

  • $\begingroup$ See for instance mathoverflow.net/questions/230257/… $\endgroup$
    – user21574
    Apr 29, 2017 at 0:32
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    $\begingroup$ Look up work of Phillip Griffiths, Joe Harris, J. M. Landsberg. $\endgroup$
    – Deane Yang
    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:59
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    $\begingroup$ Arakelov geometry is a topic you might consider. Most of it is arithmetic algebraic geometry, but one needs some differential geometry and analysis to complete the picture. See here or here $\endgroup$ Apr 29, 2017 at 12:26
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    $\begingroup$ This question seems to me really too broad. Huge subjects like Hodge theory, the theory of Abelian varieties, deformation theory (in the sense of Kodaira-Spencer) lie at the interface between complex differential geometry and algebraic geometry. $\endgroup$ Apr 29, 2017 at 14:05
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    $\begingroup$ To add to Deane Yang's comment, specifically, the textbook Griffiths and Harris has enough to get you started. $\endgroup$ Apr 30, 2017 at 11:25


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